Vashon Living

Snapshot: My Favorite Face of Summer

Snapshot: My Favorite Face of Summer

“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.” -Ada […]

Lavender Sisters Harvest Some Fine Friendships

Lavender Sisters Harvest Some Fine Friendships

Meet the Lavender SistersRelated in spirit: Lavender Sisters Katy Jo, Merrilee, and Dana cultivate magic. If Vashon Island ever needed a trio of fairy godmothers, I have no doubt the positions would be immediately filled by my friends Katy Jo, Merrilee and Dana, aka, the […]

A Front Porch Fourth of July

A Front Porch Fourth of July

The Fourth of July crept in this morning under a layer of clouds thin enough to be dismissed by an eager sunrise. While the island still sleeps, I’m up with a British expat who needed to be let outside, but Boz assures me there are […]

Pizza Pizza: Helping Karen Kickstart Her Dream

Pizza Pizza: Helping Karen Kickstart Her Dream

Karen and some stylin’ chicks Dreams, like pizza, come in all shapes and sizes; some are spicy, others mild, some large, others bite-size. My dear friend Karen Biondo has a delicious dream, to go mobile with her pizza oven and bring pie to the people. […]

Jonny Awesome and His Truck of Trees

Jonny Awesome and His Truck of Trees

Jon can do anything, a pronouncement I believe wholeheartedly. During a recent house project requiring his help, Jon or Jonny Awesome as I liked to call him, became my home improvement superhero–able to add mixed fractions and board feet in a single bound, prizing perfection […]

Shining Light on Winter’s Darkest Day

Shining Light on Winter’s Darkest Day

Winter Solstice: Let there be light. (Photo: Frank Charron) In the Pacific Northwest, light is a cherish commodity, a gift where gray skies are the norm and drizzle our daily condiment. When winter solstice nears, Island pagans everywhere light up knowing the next day will […]

When Christmas Came to Vashon Island

When Christmas Came to Vashon Island

The old place bedazzled by swags of C-9s. I was revisiting some of my past Christmas posts, and stumbled upon the one that follows. While I do hate to repeat myself, I thought, heck I’ve seen A Charlie Brown Christmas a bazillion times and I […]

The Bargain I Didn’t Bag

The Bargain I Didn’t Bag

Bye, bye, Mr Bargain Hunt Guy, drove my pickup to the thrift store but the bargains weren’t nigh. And silver hair grannies were drinking cocoa and chai, the day the bargains died. On a recent trip to our island thrift store, Granny’s Attic, I stood […]

The Spirit of Christmas Drove a Pickup Truck

The Spirit of Christmas Drove a Pickup Truck

As Christmas time nears, I like to retell this story, a simple post  about my new home (at the time), new friends, and the beginning of many fine old memories in this fine old house. Boz and Gracie prefer dry paws and wood heat. Each […]

Summer Photos: A Gallery of Firsts

Summer Photos: A Gallery of Firsts

Utah Giant cherry: first of the season, first for the tree While the rest of the country smolders under the debilitating heat of summer, the Pacific Northwest chills out with unseasonably cool days and generous cloud cover. In fact, this year Seattle meteorologists have only […]